Environmental Policy and Practice - SOCI5390

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The topics covered in this module would include:
• The purpose of environmental policy, policy approaches and the British polity
• Policies relating to air pollution, climate change, energy, waste, transport and land use.
• Ecological modernisation
• Sustainability and sustainable development
• Environmental justice
• Making policy, changing policy: the role of citizen action


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


Optional module for
SSPSSR bachelor degree programmes
Human Geography BSc (School of Anthropology and Conservation)
Environmental Social Sciences BA (School of Anthropology and Conservation)

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Coursework – essay (2500 words) – 33%
Coursework - seminar presentation (1000 words) – 17 %
Examination (2 hours) – 50%

Reassessment methods

100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Anderson MS & Leifferink D. European Environmental Policy: the Pioneers, Manchester, Manchester University Press
Baker S. (2005) Sustainable Development, London, Routledge
Beder S. (2006) Environmental Principles and Policies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction, Sterling Earthscan
Carter N., (2007)The Politics of the Environment - Ideas, Activism, Policy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Connolly J, Smith G, Benson, D and Saunders, C. Politics and the Environment: from Theory to Practice
Dryzek, J & Schlosberg, D., eds. (2005) Debating the Earth: the Environmental Politics Reader, Oxford, Oxford University Press
Hannigan J.(1995) Environmental Sociology: a Constructionist Perspective, London, Routledge
Hill M. (2017) The Public Policy Process, London, Routledge
McCormick J. Environmental Politics and Policy
Roberts, (2011) J. Environmental Policy , Enivronmental Policy, London, Routledge
Vogel D. (1986) National Styles of Regulation: Environmental Policy in Great Britain and the United States, Ithaca, Cornell University Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate an understanding of how selected environmental policies are made, how they are implemented and with what effects.
8.2 Demonstrate an understanding of how businesses and other interest groups and citizens contribute to environmental policies
8.3 Show they have examined in depth the process of environmental policy-making and practice.
8.4 Demonstrate they have acquired understanding at a high level of some of the concepts in and approaches to environmental policy.
8.5 Possess a detailed knowledge of the policies and the processes by which they are elaborated and implemented, and of the obstacles they

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Demonstrate skills in the organisation of information as demonstrated in their coursework and in responding to information. They will have
developed skills in presenting information.
9.2 Interpret tables and graphs and integrate numerical and non-numerical information
9.3 Make use of journal article abstract services, electronic journals and internet sites. They will use the library resources to find relevant
information for their coursework and seminar readings
9.4 Critique and evaluate various sources of information, work in small groups, debate and resolve conflict
9.5 Reflect upon their own experience in a systematic and analytical way.
9.6 Synthesize items of knowledge from different schools and disciplines of enquiry and critically assess environmental policy options


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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